SportsNov. 7, 1997
Writer for The Baylor Lariat
Most Baylor students spent the week celebrating the Nov. 1 homecoming win over Texas, signing the goalpost and discussing what should be done with it. For the Baylor players, however, this week was simply business as usual, as the Bears prepared for their next opponent.
'We said enjoy Saturday and have fun, but come back in here Monday ... and practice the same,' Head Coach Dave Roberts said.
The Bears (26, 14) will face the Texas A&M Aggies at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station. The Aggies (62, 32) enter the game as the leader in the Southern Division of the Big 12 after last week's 2825 overtime victory over co-leader Oklahoma State. The win put the Aggies back on track after two back-to-back conference losses to Kansas State and Texas Tech.
The Aggie offense is led by a trio of running backs, sophomore Dante' Hall, junior Sirr Parker, and junior D'Andre Hardeman.
'They have three really good runners,' senior defensive end Glenn Coy said. 'Hall is a good back ... Parker has excellent speed out of the backfield, (and) Hardeman's a big back who can pound his way around. We just have to prepare for all three of them.'
These three runners have combined for almost 1,500 yards already this season, with Hall leading the way with 615. Each runner averages over five yards per carry, and they have combined for 17 touchdowns.
Brandon Stewart will start at quarterback for the Aggies, and should get most of the playing time. Last week was the first game this season that he took all the snaps for the Aggies.
'He's a prototype quarterback,' Coy said. 'He showed last week he can turn it on.'
In the Oklahoma State game, Stewart brought the team back from a 227 deficit in the fourth quarter to take the game into overtime. He completed 54 percent of his passes for 226 yards and one touchdown, and also added a two-point conversion.
'What surprised me ... was how much they threw,' Roberts said. '(Stewart) looks a lot smoother than he did last year. He's a polished quarterback.'
The Baylor defense has improved with every game according to Roberts, but will have to face an offense ranked in the top half of the Big 12 in both rushing and passing. The Bears are healthy on defense except for junior free safety Nikia Codie. He suffered a knee injury against Texas and should miss at least the next two games. Replacing Codie will be true freshman Samir Al-Amin. Al-Amin has played in situations all season, but Saturday will be his first start.
'I just try to do what I can to help the team,' Al-Amin said. 'I've been waiting for this opportunity. I feel good about it (starting).'
On the other side of the ball, the Bears played their best game of the season against Texas, according to Roberts. Against a stingy Texas A&M defense, the offense will have to continue to improve.
'You can't make too many mistakes against a good defense like that,' senior running back Jerod Douglas said. Douglas will play this week, although he is still fighting a knee injury that limited him to six carries last week.
'It's hurting, but I'm going to be ready to play on Saturday. You've got to play with some pain,' Douglas said.
Douglas will share the load of the Baylor running attack with redshirt freshman Darrell Bush and sophomore Elijah Burkins.
'You like Jerod for his quickness ... Elijah for his quickness ... Bush for his power,' senior tackle Michael Johnson said. 'All of them are great backs. It just depends on the play, and the situation.'
Douglas leads the team with 476 yards, but Bush has come on strong in Douglas' absence, including a 129-yard performance against Texas.
'Bush is a heck of a back,' Johnson said. 'He hits the hole straight ahead, then he cuts.'
Senior Jeff Watson will again start at quarterback, but freshman Odell James will play more this week than he did against Texas, according to Roberts.
'Each week we'll play him a little bit more. Jeff's our quarterback, but we'll play (Odell) a little more,' Roberts said.
Baylor has had trouble beating the Aggies in the last decade. Since 1985, the Bears have not beaten Texas A&M, although the two teams tied in 1990.
Brewer leads women's golf
Sports Reporter for The Baylor Lariat
The Baylor women's golf team wrapped up the fall season last weekend at the Diet Coke-Roadrunner Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. with a 13th place finish.
'It was fun to be a part of a tournament of that caliber. That's what Baylor needs for its women's golf team,' Coach Sylvia Ferdon said.
Leading the Lady Bears in the tournament was sophomore Ali Brewer, who tied for 10th place.
Going into the final round, Brewer was tied for second place. She dropped to 10th with a shot of 79 in her final round, which was higher than her two previous rounds of 72 and 75.
Her overall score was a 225 and she finished with her lowest overall score of the fall season.
Brewer also led the team with a 77 stroke average and three top ten finishes.
'Our coach made us set goals and mine was a 77. My average came down and I'm pretty happy with that,' Brewer said.
While freshman Venus Lau said she didn't like how she played and that she could have done a lot better, overall she felt it was a good experience and she learned a lot.
Coach Ferdon said she is not too upset with the team's performance this season because they encountered a few obstacles, including an injury to one of the juniors, another junior quit, pressure put on Lau and ultimately the self-induced pressure.
All problems aside, 'it was a lot of fun because of the team and our coach,' Brewer said. 'We've have a great coach.'
BU wins opener of Big 12 Tourney, 4-2
The Baylor Women's Soccer Team won by a count of 4-2 in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.
Baylor jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but Iowa State pulled within one goal with just under five minutes to go. Britt Talley finally put the game away with 23 seconds left in the game making the final score 4-2. Iowa State was issued four yellow cards in a very physical game. Baylor takes on No. 2 seed Nebraska at 5 p.m. today in San Antonio at the Blossom Soccer Complex.
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